Chopped Champion’s Epic Ten Course Meal

Chopped Champion’s Epic Ten Course Meal

We were so lucky to be invited to Taji Marie‘s Pop-up Dinner at Wilde Wine Bar on La Brea Blvd. Taji is a Chopped Champion, and so many of us are completely obsessed with that show! Taji also runs her catering company The Simple Gourmet Kitchen and is a food stylist for outlets such as America’s Test Kitchen, Health Magazine and Access Hollywood Live.

I love the quote on top of Taji’s website: “one cannot THINK well, LOVE well, SLEEP well, if one has not DINED well” Virginia Woolf. I am guilty of frequently being HANGRY, so the idea of the importance of being well fed is not lost on me! We definitely let our meal well-fed and with our taste buds well stimulated.

The Pop-Up Dinner was hosted be Wilde Restaurant, truly a hidden gem in my neighborhood! Wilde has earned an unheard-of, near-perfect rating on Yelp, with regulars fawning over its down-to-earth approach, delicious, straightforward cooking and eclectic wine list.

Special thanks to Lorna for this amazing experience!

The exciting menu for the evening
Wilde Taji Marie Menu

Springtime Avgolemeno

The meal started off with a huge bowl of savory avgolemeno. I have never heard of an avgolemeno before, its a Greek Chicken Rice Soup. It was lush and soothing, very reminiscent of jook – the Chinese Porridge which I love to eat at dim sum! The fresh vegetables and herbs topping the dish definitely gave us a bright burst of springtime
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Chang-an brings delicious high end Chinese food to SGV

Chang-an brings delicious high end Chinese food to SGV

Had an epic meal at Chang’an! Thanks so much to Gogobot for making it all possible

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The owners are super passionate about their restaurant vision and frustrated by more mainstream Chinese restaurants in the United States which are specifically catered to the American tastebuds and not at all authentic. Chang’an wants to show American eaters that authentic Chinese food is just as delicious as dishes like General Tso’s Chicken.

My favorite dish hands down was the fried soft tofu. It was fried with a seasoning similar to the popular Chinese salt and pepper shrimp dish, but I’ve never seen this seasoning used on soft tofu specifically. The delicate tofu was creamy and hot inside and burst in my mouth. So yummy!

Chang’an also excelled at skewers, they prepared the traditional lamb skewers and various cuts of meat perfectly. We also had an amazing pork belly dish, melt in your mouth and with a beautiful presentation, placed elegantly on top of fresh bok choy. Highlights of the meal also included the fried chicken and eggplant dishes. Can’t wait to go back!!

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Flower Child

Flower Child

I do have quite a penchant for flowy floaty dresses, especially at work, I really need to comfortable when working all day at the office, at work its all about loose clothing! At work I would wear this dress without a belt but for a quick “night-out” look, I can easily dress it up with my favorite shoes and a statement belt. I was excited to collaborate with GCGme on this post!

Photo by: Gallant Ho

Dress by GCGme

Shoes by SheIn

Watch by Wood Watches by JORD

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How to be Punk Rock

How to be Punk Rock

Well more like how to look faux punk rock but whatever, I’ll always have a bit of that rocker girl in me. I love how this jumper makes my butt look, it makes any butt look bigger than it is! I am obsessed with my shoes but low-key these shoes aren’t made for walking. (Been hanging around a lot of Hawaiians, picking up on that slang)

I’ve been a huge fan of Tobi for many years now and was so excited to be able to collaborate with them on this post. BTW if you are trying it out for the first time, new customers get 50% off their first order online!

Photo by: Gallant Ho

Jumper by Tobi

Shoes by SheIn

Watch by Wood Watches by JORD

 

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Win a Trip to Berlin as with got2b!

This post is sponsored by got2b, but all opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own

Win a Trip to Berlin as with got2b!

Hi Ninjas! I’m super excited to announce that I am teaming up with got2b for an amazing contest. All that’s required for entry is that you post a selfie of yourself with your hot messy do.

The grand prize is huge, it’s an all-expenses paid trip to Berlin where you’ll get a professional photo shoot, see the Blue Man Group perform, tour the city and go on a shopping spree!

I’ll also be randomly surprising FIVE of my followers with some goodies from got2b!

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Make sure to include the tags @KAILAYU @GOT2BUSA and #GOT2BMESSAMERICA #CONTEST

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Late Night Korean Eats at Bongsoongahakdang

Late Night Korean Eats at Bongsoongahakdang

Tried out Bongsoongahakdang for the first time the other day. Try to say that name three times fast! Actually we had a hard time even pronouncing the name once but it makes for a fun drinking game!

I am obsessed with the Dukbokki at Late Night Korean Eats at Bongsoongahakdan. The potions were large and arrived at our table steaming hot and with a spicy kick. The Rice Cakes were perfect, firm to the bite but tender inside. We also tried the Pork and Kimchi and the Soondae. The Soondae was nice, fall apart to the touch. My girlfriend also ordered a fruit soju, I don’t drink but she enjoyed it immensely, it came in a cute little tea kettle.

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How to look just a little bit sexy!

How to look just a little bit sexy!

I’m obsessed with this pretty lilac dress. I love looking sexy but I really hate showing too much cleavage. I feel like girls that show copious amounts of pushed up cleavage are trying too hard! I like to pair this dress with a little cardigan, this little cardigan always adds a touch of class to any outfit, I wear it all the time!

So I used to be in a rock band and we were broke most of the time so I’ve really had to learn how to work with a limited budget. I think the best way to get more of a high end look is to invest in a couple of expensive pieces. The best way to do this is with a service such as Rent the Runway. The purse pictured here is from Zac Posen via Rent the Runway and retails for $350!

I’ve been a huge fan of Tobi for many years now and was so excited to be able to collaborate with them on this post. BTW if you are trying it out for the first time, new customers get 50% off their first order online!

Photo by: Gallant Ho

Dress by Tobi

Shoes by Shoedazzle

Watch by Wood Watches by JORD

 

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Dummies Can’t Play the The Exit Game

Dummies Can’t Play the The Exit Game

Had such an amazing time at The Exit Game! I’ve never tried any kind of Escape Room before and I had no idea what to expect. It was really hilarious to see how my friends each reacted to the stress of needing to figure out puzzles and solve mysteries with a time deadline. The rooms were super high tech and we couldn’t believe the amount of work and thought that went into each puzzle.

The challenges are difficult! You definitely have to be pretty clever and alert to figure things out. Don’t play like a I did on an empty stomach, this definitely eats up a lot of energy with all the brainpower needed.

Here we are trying out the AI Room. The concept of this room is that your hacker friend is being framed for some crimes that he didn’t commit. Break into his computer system and find all the clues to get him cleared of all charges! Our friend Tyler got SO serious about this damn game, it made the game even more stressful but also possibly made it even more fun

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Baby Foot Makes your Feet Peel!

Baby Foot Makes your Feet Peel!

We were invited by CharmedPR to an awesome Press Preview event last week inside the Mondrian Hotel. I always love discovering new products. I spent some time this week trying out the products and here’s what I liked best!

Here are some of my favorite products and treatments that I got to try out!

Getting my hair did by BLO BLOW DRY BAR IN BRENTWOOD (www.BloMeDry.com) and makeup by Anthony Pazo‘s Team

Photo by EmilyTangerine.com

Photo by EmilyTangerine.com

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Casual Elegance

Casual Elegance

I am still obsessed with two piece high midriff baring sets! This sexy pantsuit from Tobi can be dressed down if you were to pair it with flats and much more delicate jewelry but I glammed it up with a statement necklace and stiletto heels. This jumpsuit also comes in Olive and Black but my favorite is definitely this cream color.

I’ve been a huge fan of Tobi for many years now and was so excited to be able to collaborate with them on this post. BTW if you are trying it out for the first time, new customers get 50% off their first order online!

Photo by: Gallant Ho

Jumpsuit by Tobi

Sunglasses by ZeroUV

Necklace by Forever21

Shoes by Shoedazzle

Watch by Wood Watches by JORD

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